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A sun worshipper in Dublin soaking up the sun. Photo by Steve Humphreys

A sun worshipper in Dublin soaking up the sun. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Sun worshippers at the Wellington Monument in the Phoenix Park.
Photo by Steve Humphreys
28th May 2020

Sun worshippers at the Wellington Monument in the Phoenix Park. Photo by Steve Humphreys 28th May 2020

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A sun worshipper in Dublin soaking up the sun. Photo by Steve Humphreys

People who want to have picnics in parks or on beaches have been told to "go somewhere else" if their chosen location is crowded.

Senior government official Liz Canavan - who previously discouraged people from having picnics in public amenities - said the public should "use common sense" ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

It comes as temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-twenties in the coming days after soaring to 26C yesterday.

Ms Canavan urged people to follow the public health guidelines like social distancing when they're out in the expected good weather. She also asked motorists to consider road safety amid a rise in fatalities this year.

Last week, Ms Canavan discouraged picnics, saying to people visiting amenities: "Please do your exercise and then go home."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was pictured eating with friends in the Phoenix Park days later. His spokesman insisted he "broke no laws, breached no regulations and observed public health guidance".

Ms Canavan was asked what the advice is for people who may want to have a picnic in the Phoenix Park this weekend.

She said people should "try to avoid spending too long in crowded places where social distancing is likely to become an issue". She said some places were more popular than others and if it was "really busy maybe go somewhere else".

She added: "What we're saying is use your common sense."

Irish Independent